An Introduction to Medical Qigong
Learn how the ancient art of Qigong can help you and your clients cope with the stresses of today's changing world.
What Is Medical Qigong?
With the fitness industry evolving at a record pace, many clients hungry for wellness programs, and the aging population looking for "kinder, gentler" ways to exercise, it makes a lot of sense to add Qigong to your ...
A guide to inner strength for the athletic client: relax, activate, focus, image and, ultimately, flow.
IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER JANUARY 2001
Take a good, hard look at your clients. Do you consider them athletes? Although their athleticism may be hidden under layers of unused muscle or fat, they are athletes nonetheless. Of course your clients may not be of Olympic caliber, ...
ncreasingly, fitness facilities are offering Pilates programs. Although developed in the 1920s, Pilates--an exercise method involving controlled, nonimpact movements that engage both body and mind--has today become part of the fitness industry's lexicon as more and more clients clamor to try this type of workout. Marketing Angle. Because of the media attention Pilates has received...
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Joseph Pilates Business Booms
How can personal trainers offer Joseph Pilates' popular workout methods to meet their clients' needs?
xercise programs based on the work of Joseph Pilates are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide. Along with fitness facilities offering group exercise formats, personal trainers are boosting their p...
BY BARON BAPTISTE
epetitive sports training, long hours of sitting at work, the activities of daily living or just a sedentary lifestyle. . . . All these can cause our bodies to become structurally and muscularly imbalanced. If chronic strain and imbalance continue unopposed, the body's systems start to break down and injuries begin to pile up. As the saying goes, "If you do what you did...
mind your own
MIND-BODY FITNESS HAS BEEN AROUND AWHILE, AND MANY PROFESSIONALS ARE CONDUCTING MIND-BODY CLASSES WITH APPARENT SUCCESS. IN FACT, THE 1999 IDEA FITNESS PROGRAMS SURVEY SHOWED THAT 64 PERCENT OF THE FACILITIES QUESTIONED OFFER YOGA; 35 PERCENT, TAI CHI; AND 19 PERCENT, EXERCISE BASED ON THE WORK OF JOSEPH PILATES. WHILE THE TEMPTATION MAY BE TO THROW TOGETHER A...
newsletter_teaser: Generally speaking, the only people in the United States who are taught how to breathe on a wide scale are pregnant women. Modern medicine acknowledges that breathing techniques help to manage fear and panic, to increase focus and also to decrease physical pain in women giving birth. What about others who are in pain or frightened or who need to focus amidst a chaotic situation?
newsletter_teaser: It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. Approaching clients from a more holistic perspective, with an eye toward body, mind and spiritual health, is one solution.
Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. In a study reported in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/501986), researchers found that brief periods of yoga or meditation helped reduce stress among office workers.
The combination of stress and a sedentary job increases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders—and between the demands of work and family life, many office workers don’t find time for stress management practices.newsletter_teaser: Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. Researchers have found that brief periods of yoga or meditation reduce stress among office workers.
Some fitness professionals have found that offering Reiki (ray-key), a Japanese healing technique intended to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing, not only helps clients reach their fitness goals but also provides a safe space for wellness to thrive.
Benefits of Reiki
While the evidence of Reiki’s benefits is anecdotal, this list highlights some of the outcomes reported by people who have had Reiki treatments: